City Assists in Bushfire Exercises

Date07 November 2019

In preparation for what is expected to be a busy summer for fire response crews, the City of Rockingham is busily working with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) exercising response to bushfire emergencies. 

On Sunday 2 November 2019 the City assisted local fire and emergency services to carry out an important bushfire air support exercise in Port Kennedy.

The City provided a portion of Larkhill Sports Complex for a training exercise involving volunteer and career firefighters and the latest DFES Helitac. 

Ground control and aircraft crews involved in the exercise were tasked with guiding the Helitac, which was carrying more than 2000 litres of water, from Larkhill SportsComplex to a target located within Scientific Park in Port Kennedy. The helitac made 12 water drops, refilling from a collar tank located at Larkhill each time. 

The City’s Coordinator Emergency Liaison also engaged with a range of stakeholders to assist with the logistics of the exercise and to also ensure public safety. 

Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was delighted to be able to assist emergency crews in their preparation for a busy summer season. 

“Career and volunteer fire and emergency response crews play a vital role in keeping our community safe, so the City is actively assisting them in a variety of exercises to prepare for the warmer months” Mayor Sammels said. 

“Air support can be crucial in bushfire situations. By providing a suitable venue for the aerial exercise, crews were hopefully able to gain valuable experience that will assist them in dealing with real life air support scenarios in future.” 

“The exercise this coming weekend in Karnup is also vital for the crews that actually fight fire on the ground.”

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